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NJ school district outsources subs to avoid ObamaCare

posted at 3:12 pm on October 9, 2013 by

The Ledger actually doesn’t get around to mentioning the real fiscal reason for ensuring that all substitute teachers work for contractors and get less than 30 hours a week until near the jump.  Their lead is about “efficiency” and “saving … resources”:

The Polk County School District is looking into outsourcing the management of its substitute teachers in an effort to increase the efficiency of placing substitutes in classrooms.

Board members heard a presentation from a Kelly Educational Staffing representative Tuesday on how Kelly could save the district resources while increasing the percentage of substitutes placed in classrooms.

It’s only six paragraphs later that the real resource savings become clear:

Another central reason the district is looking to outsource has to do with the Affordable Care Act.

Starting in January, the district would have to provide health insurance for all part-time workers that work at least 30 hours a week, including substitutes.

The change will save the district $718,000.  The Ledger claims that the temp service will provide health insurance, but I wouldn’t bet on it.  Most temp agencies don’t offer benefits, and districts will probably make sure that sub hours get held to no more than 29 a week.

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This is just anecdotal according to Sebellius.

Mr. Bingley on October 9, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Why do teachers’ unions hate childen?

mankai on October 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Why do teachers’ unions hate childen?

mankai on October 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

they don’t really. They just don’t give a flying sh!t about them. they’re just the ends-justify-the-means pawns.

HomeoftheBrave on October 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Ummm…how is this NJ? Read the article. This is not in NJ.

NJ Red on October 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM

In NJ it is the “Star Ledger.” This is not NJ.

NJ Red on October 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Florida…

mankai on October 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

I work through Aerotek, a staffing agency associated with Kelly. I get my insurance through them. They just don’t pay any portion.

KCB on October 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I have worked for a temp agency, but the health benefits offered then would not qualify under the ACA now because they were high deductible, low benefit plans.

mogilla on October 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Our school district did this years ago. Kelly offers health insurance though. I can’t speak to how good the benefits are, but at least it’s something.

joekenha on October 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

NJ school district outsources subs to avoid ObamaCare

The Polk County School District is looking into outsourcing

uhhh … not for nothin’, but there is no Polk County in NJ.

Lost in Jersey on October 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Our school district did this years ago. Kelly offers health insurance though. I can’t speak to how good the benefits are, but at least it’s something.

joekenha on October 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Randstad offered insurance too. Or at least it used to.

SagebrushPuppet on October 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

It’s Polk County in Florida.

SagebrushPuppet on October 9, 2013 at 7:11 PM

…Obama…cares!

KOOLAID2 on October 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

One of the most expensive states with a cost per student. Their unions vote for Obama & now they bail on their members. I day, let them eat cake.

RdLake on October 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM

http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Screen-Shot-2013-10-09-at-11.36.42-AM.jpg

Why do teachers’ unions hate childen?

mankai on October 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Hyperbole is hard.

davidk on October 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM

The only thing dumber than the NEA supporting ObamaCare is the fact that it supports abortion.

Imagine any organization actively working to eliminate future customers. The million plus abortions performed in the U.S. annually has eliminated the need for approximately 520,000 teachers.

1,200,000 abortions annually x 13 years (k-12) = 15,600,000 students. Figuring 1 teacher for every 30 potential students = the loss of 520,000 teaching positions.

bw222 on October 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM